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A person familiar with the negotiations says Eric Hinske and the Atlanta Braves have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is not final, pending a physical examination.

The 32-year-old Hinske is expected to play behind newly signed first baseman Troy Glaus and third baseman Chipper Jones . He also can play the corner outfield spots and is expected to be the team's top left-handed pinch-hitter.

Hinske hit .242 with eight homers and 25 RBI for Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees last season. He hit 20 homers for Tampa Bay in 2008 and had career-best totals of 24 homers and 84 RBI as a rookie with Toronto in 2002.

CARDINALS: St. Louis will be paying Matt Holliday through 2029 under the $120 million, seven-year contract that is likely to be finalized today.

Holliday will get $17 million a season in salary, but $2 million a year will be deferred without interest, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides have not announced financial details of the deal, which was subject to a physical.

Holliday's contract includes a $17 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout, and the Cardinals must decide whether to exercise it within five days of the end of the 2016 World Series. The option would become guaranteed if Holliday finishes among the top 10 in 2016 NL MVP voting.

NATIONALS: Relief pitcher Matt Capps and Washington have finalized their $3.5 million, one-year contract.

The 26-year-old right-hander became a free agent in December when the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to offer a contract for 2010. He was 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA and 27 saves in 32 chances last season, striking out 46 in 54q innings.

Capps can earn an additional $425,000 in performance bonuses for games finished under the deal.

RED SOX: Boston is realigning its outfield by shifting center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to left in order to make room for Mike Cameron .

The decision was made after they signed Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove winner, in December. In his 1,829 games, Cameron has played center field in 1,699 and left field in just three.

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said Wednesday the decision was based on Cameron having played center field almost exclusively and Ellsbury having shown in 2007 and 2008 that he can be a strong corner outfielder.

The left field spot opened when the Red Sox decided not to keep Jason Bay , who signed with the New York Mets.

TWINS: Right-hander Clay Condrey and Minnesota have agreed to terms on a one-year, free-agent contract.

The Twins announced the deal with the former Philadelphia Phillies reliever Wednesday. Minnesota also released right-handed reliever Bobby Keppel .

The 34-year-old Condrey became a free agent after pitching four seasons for Philadelphia, going 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 42 innings last year for the NL champions. Condrey walked 14 and struck out 25. He became a free agent when the Phillies did not tender him a contract in December.

Over parts of six major league seasons, Condrey has a record of 18-12 with a 4.10 ERA.

Keppel will play in Japan. He had a 4.83 ERA in 54 innings with 21 walks and 32 strikeouts last year for the Twins.


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